A professional athlete’s greatest satisfaction is to be out competing on the field of their choice. Sometimes for no fault of their own this is taken from them and they have to find something deep down inside to keep going.

2015 has been the toughest year of my life but also one of the best. I found myself and I found my team.  I learnt what it is like to not be able to do what I love and that was enough to give me the drive and determination to change the situation.

Looking back to 6-7 months ago when it took me 20 minutes to walk up the stairs to get to the loo (haha) or only being able to hit a tennis ball sitting in my garden chair, I really am proud of how far I’ve come. I now move freely around the court again with the confidence that I am physically, emotionally and mentally stronger than I ever was.

Setbacks happen to us all but are made easier by having people who care about you by your side. I have had unconditional support and love from my family who do not think twice when it comes to doing what is best for me. They got me through this year.

They say things happen for a reason and that sometimes bad things are a blessing in disguise. With the team I’ve now got, I know that to be 100% true. From my Coach, to my agent, medical therapists, physio, S & C coaches, advisors and family - they all have kept me positive and believed that I would come back stronger and a better athlete.

I feel that I have missed so much and yet I feel I have gained far more than I ever dreamed of.  There is nothing that can make me happier than to get back on court and start competing again.

I am in preparation for the new year and so looking forward to competing again in 2016.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas with their families and a Happy New Year to you all!

Think positively and positive things will happen.

Stay Fierce,

Eden Silva